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first degree

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfirst degreeˌfirst deˈgree noun  1 [countable usually singular] British English used to talk about a university degree such as a BA or a BSc, obtained by people who do not already have a degree2 murder in the first degree
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first degreeEntrants normally require a first degree but non-graduate applicants who give evidence of comparable academic capability are also considered.The discrepancy between men and women is greater at higher degree level than at first degree level.A good first degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline is required as well as experience in the chosen field of research.The Education Act 1962 currently limits mandatory grant support to full-time first degree and comparable courses.This fact alone suggests that a purely descriptive approach to first degree courses is likely to be unproductive or excruciatingly boring.
first-degreeˌfirst-deˈgree adjective [only before noun]  1 first-degree burn2 first-degree murder
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first-degreeThe next stop would have been prison for a conviction of first-degree burglary.These bags have been known to give people first-degree burns.Instead of being convicted of first-degree murder, Mitchell got six years for voluntary manslaughter.If convicted of first-degree murder Mr Markovic would face at least 10 years in prison.She was charged with first-degree murder.So the only issue before me is actual innocence of first-degree murder.
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